Liverpool ace Alexander-Arnold joins select group in England v Belgium clash

28 June, 2018, 23:10 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Beating England not priority for Belgium boss Martinez

NBCSN, the exclusive US cable TV home of the Premier League, will simulcast in Spanish the FIFA World Cup match between England and Belgium this Thursday, June 28, with live coverage beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET from Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad.

England will face Colombia if they lose on Thursday night to Belgium and finish second in their group.

As it stands - thanks to a few quirky results - one side of the draw appears considerably more hard.

The victor of Group G, either England or Belgium, faces a potential quarterfinal matchup with Brazil, and a semifinal matchup with either France, Portgual, Argentina or Uruguay.

"In sport and in life you have to keep evolving".

The footballing universe are collectively hoping both teams go for a win and don't play out for a negative result. If that is tied, then the victor will be decided by a coin toss.

Explaining his decision to make eight changes to the team that thumped Panama 6-1 at the weekend, manager Gareth Southgate said: 'We are a team.

In the form of captain Harry Kane, England have Russia's top goalscorer so far with five, and the Tottenham talisman is likely to start against Belgium.

"We have qualified and that was the priority", Martínez told the media.

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"That´s the reality. We wanted to qualify, we´ve done that".

"All players with a yellow card and with minor injuries, they will not play".

"And I think he will be more professional-thinking in that way". Players have been in very demanding games. They finished runners-up to Croatia and are now seeded on the same side of the bracket as whoever wins Group G.

"We want to see every England fan coming over, especially now we are playing well".

"We're going to face tougher challenges in the next few games and at the moment we can't consider ourselves a top team until we start to beat one of those teams", said Southgate.

Speaking to TalkSport, Southgate said: "As a manager you've got to think about the whole squad and then your second thought is always for individuals and their own situations - that's a really complex balance in any business when you're managing people, but I'm sure we will get that right".

Something else on the line tomorrow will be pride, or perhaps the moral high ground.

The fans certainly won't care, especially these set of fans - the Belgians who have seen their golden generation consistently underachieve, and the English who are perhaps the most tortured group of fans in world football.

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